In Memoriam: Ronald Reagan & Ray Charles

Two great men died this week. Each changed the world and left it a better place for his being here, although in drastically different ways. Unfortunately, I don't have the time at the moment to write a nice bio of each as I usually do for these posts.

In the case of the first, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, I can't add much that hasn't already been said many times this week. Look at his legacy. Look at his writings. (His Letter to America announcing his Alzheimer's diagnosis is typical of his optimism [……]

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When the toast has burned
     and all the milk has turned
     and Cap'n Crunch is waving farewell

When the big one finds you
     may this song remind you
     that they don't serve breakfast in Hell

                            The Newsboys - Breakfast In Hell


It's pure fluff, but that song always makes me giggle.

Wining before the Supreme Court

I'll be following this case and I suspect that Dr. Bacchus will too.

Cosby speaks out

Kudos to Bill Cosby for saying in no uncertain terms what white people can't say without being called everything from a Klansman to a slave owner to a Nazi and what far too many black people won't say.

Cosby was speaking at a Washington gala to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court case which declared that racial segregation in education was unconstitutional.

While no one argues with the intent of the Brown case, it's unseen ramifications are another matter entirely. See these three articles for a better treatment of the subject than [……]

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I have little use for money grubbing nitwits.

Alas for The Castle

As I write this, the central Kentucky landmark known around here simply as "The Castle" is in flames and the prognosis doesn't look so good.

It has been a fixture on US60 between Lexington and Versailles for years. It was started in 1969 by Lexington home builder Rex Martin after honeymooning in Europe where he and his new bride, Caroline, fell in love with castles. Six years later, however, they divorced and The Castle was never completed.

At that time, not much was known about who owned it and why it was being built. Mystery surrounded it for [……]

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Yet another step

Now I've gone and done it. I finished moving all of our stuff from our old farm this weekend. (OK - I still have one more shed to empty out, but...) In doing so I realized that, other than one car, I no longer own anything of significant value. That's mildly disturbing. Of course, I now have a HUGE balance in my savings account representing the equity (and slight profit :-) ) from the sale of our place but liquid assets just don't seem real somehow. I like being able to put my hands on something and know that it's [……]

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It's a girl!

After a long wait - (refer here for background) - she showed up. And she had the decency to do so at a reasonable hour. Pics and more details in comments below as soon as I get around to it.

Busy, busy, busy

Right now we're in the middle of moving to a new location, having numerous horses give birth and working at the Rolex-Kentucky Three Day Event so blogging will be light at best. I try to keep my life very simple and being this busy really drains me. I can't imagine families that go-go-go like this all of the time.

I don't know why, but...

for some reason I find this music strangely appealing.